(WJBK) - Republican Congressman Dave Trott has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2018 for his seat in the United States House of Representatives.
Trott made the announcement on Monday calling the duty of serving as an 'extraordinary privilege' and that the decision was not easy. Here's the full statement:
“When I initially ran for Congress, I expressed my desire to serve as a citizen legislator in Washington. Our country’s Founding Fathers envisioned a government where citizens leave private life, serve for a brief time, and then return home to their communities. It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve the people of Southeast Michigan in Congress. Representing the Eleventh District has been an honor, but I have decided not to seek reelection in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector. Over the next 16 months, I plan to continue serving the people I represent, working hard to advance real solutions for the American people, and to continue providing top-notch constituent service. I am eager to continue working with my colleagues in Congress to achieve lasting reforms that will provide a better life for our children and future generations of Americans."
He first won the district in 2014, beating incumbant Kerry Bentivolio for the Republican nomination and then beating Democrat Bobby McKenzie for the seat in Congress.
The Congressman then won re-election in 2016 when he beat Democrat Anil Kumar, Libertarian Jonathan Ray Osment, Independent Kerry Bentivolio.
The 11th District represents Livonia, Canton Twp, Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Milfrod, parts of Waterford, Troy, and Birmingam, among other areas.
Trott supported President Donald Trump's order to ban entry to the U.S. to citizens from Muslim-majority countries, saying that the country had to 'adequately vet these refugees and ensure the safety of all Americans'.
In May 2017, he voted in favor of repealing Obamacare.
Trott is a lifelong resident of Oakland County and joined his family's law firm in 1985 and practiced law until his election to Congress.